Get Your Own Google+ Vanity URL

Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Google + does not offer vanity URLs for user profiles, making it more difficult to share your profile + Google with your friends. Instead, Google uses a long string of numbers to designate the users (for example, 12345678987654321).

The reason for not using Google + vanity URLs because the spammers could lead to find the email addresses of millions of Google users + (as many accounts linked to Google's Gmail account).

Of course, this leads to a problem: you do not want to tell people to write in a long string of numbers to find your profile + Google. That's where comes in. This small simple application lets you create a short URL for Google + page, making it easy to share with your friends. Mine, for example, is Gplus. to / benparr, which is much easier to remember than a strong random numbers. fills a gap that Google + not currently addressed.

Public profiles

The aim of the profiles of Google is to allow you to manage your identity online. Today, almost all Google profiles are public. Google believe that using Google profiles to help people find and connect with you online is the way the product is best used. Do not allow private profiles, so Google decided to require all profiles to be public.

Note that your full name and gender are the only information required to be displayed in your profile, you can edit or delete any other information you do not want to share.

If you currently have a private profile, but do not want to publish your profile, you can delete your profile. Or simply can not do anything. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011.

Twitter Now Valued at $7 Billion

Rating Twitter has doubled in the past seven months, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper says that Twitter is busy raising hundreds of millions of dollars, with a valuation of $ 7 billion. In December, the same company was valued at just $ 3.7 billion in a round of $ 200 million of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Why the increase in valuation? Twitter, once a site without much of a business plan, is now a staple of social media with an increasing number of revenue sources.

Twitter tweets promoted and presented the trends of last year, which was the company's first notable source of income. Recently, eMarketer predicts that Twitter could triple advertising revenue of $ 150 million in 2011. Last month we learned that plans to introduce the tweets Twitter promoted in terms of users by the fall.

In October, it announced it would develop a tool for self-service, which would also allow small businesses to enter the game of advertising on Twitter.

Like their peers in the social world - like LinkedIn - going public, Twitter is, instead focusing on strengthening its executive team and build a strong advertising business.

The next platform will work a bit like Google AdWords to Twitter. If the report is accurate WSJ (the role of sites an anonymous "person familiar with the subject"), it seems that investors believe that the platform has more in common with Google's products - the potential revenue.

Twitter Town Hall

Tomorrow at 14:00 ET, the White House will have its first city hall Twitter, and U.S. President Barack Obama respond to questions from Twitter users on the U.S. economy - live Twitter can be found in real-time conversations and information on every topic imaginable from around the world, including a robust debate on the economy. In fact, a study announced today by 's Radian6 found that financial security is one of the most frequent topics of political conversation on Twitter. City Hall tomorrow is a White House invitation for anyone on Twitter to participate in an open exchange on national and global economic problems facing the United States.

Questions addressed at the Town Hall will be selected both up front and in real time during the event. To reduce the list of popular questions relevant to ask in the name of the users of Twitter, we are doing the following:

• We have partnered with overall importance of conservation, display and integrate the talks for the event.
• Search algorithms Twitter tweets After identifying who are most committed to the environment retweets, favorites, and their answers.
• A team of experienced users discuss Twitter experience will help the economy to questions from the flag of their communities through retweets.

To make your voice heard, tweet your questions about the economy and be sure to include hashtag # AskObama. You can follow the conversation in three ways: Watch the event live on http / / follow live Tweets from @ City Hall, or search the hashtag # AskObama.